Osteoporosis Medication Concerns

Many areas of the literature lately have alerted patients and physicians to the risk for severe jaw infections associated with an individual having teeth extracted while on medications for osteoporosis.

In the most recent summary of recommendations from the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs the highest reliable estimate for these infections in all patients taking antiresorptive agent medications is 0.10 percent.  Their conclusion therefore promotes taking the proper osteoporosis medications and keeping sound oral hygiene practices.  Due to the considerable morbidity and mortality that is associated with osteoporosis it is more important to properly manage a patient’s condition than avoid a small percentage of possible side effects.

JADA November 2011 (pg 1243)

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